Fewer road deaths in 2011, so far

2011-12-26 13:21

Johannesburg - Speeding and drinking and driving have contributed heavily to the over 800 deaths that have occurred on South African roads this festive season, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Monday.

Spokesman Ashref Ismail said, "Major contributory factors remain speeds too high for circumstances, especially at night and during inclement weather, drinking and driving, drinking and walking and dangerous overtaking on barrier lines in the face of coming traffic."

According to the RTMC, just over 800 people have lost their lives since December 1 this year. A total of 1149 people were killed on South Africa's roads between December 1 and December 28 in 2010 and 1304 deaths were recorded for the same period in 2009.

Ismail said it was not possible to predict whether this year's figures would exceed last year's toll.

"It would premature to make such comparisons but we remain hopeful that we won't reach that figure this year. There has been a small year-on-year reduction and we hope to build on that."

Ismail said the RTMC expected heavy volumes of traffic on Tuesday on the N3 north to Johannesburg and the N1 south from Polokwane to Pretoria as holiday makers returned home.

  • MikeFraser - 2011-12-26 13:31

    I think the Arrive Alive campaign is a one huge publicity stunt. I drove all of 1100km from Stellenbosch to East London last December, not one road block, no traffic officials, nothing on that whole stretch of National road. Visible policing and strict law enforcement will go a long way in reducing the lawlessness on our roads.

      Spyker - 2011-12-26 14:25

      This is like comparing Andrei Chikatilo with Moses Sithole, then saying Sithole is an angel, because he only murdered 38 (or so) people... The fact of the matter is, since 1994, SA's roads have become slaughter-alleys. Our roads are more dangerous than what is formally designated as war-zones. 800 people over 26 days = almost 31 PEOPLE PER DAY! Every day, 7 days/week. That is if you can believe any government stats in SA - it is a bit like believing in Santa Claus... Nonetheless, the stats speak for itself, ie.., SA's policing authorities have nothing to do with serving the public - it is simply the 'new' armed wing of the ANC – hence the reason our roads and crime stats looks the way it does. Speeding is very good business for the government. It is an easy source of revenue and it conveniently targets a certain sector of the population (the same reason they have such an unexplainable obsession with motorcycles). While the bona fide Serial Killers of the Roads are largely ignored – as it remains the mode of mass freight of the masses with the critical political vote; apart from the fact that almost all the taxis, either belong to government officials-, their families and/or their cronies. I will reiterate what I have said ad nauseum: The single greatest threat to SA's national security, its future (and alike) is the ANC, specifically ANC led corruption, under its fascist black nationalist doctrine.

      Comrade - 2011-12-26 14:53

      Arrive Alive is another way for IDIOT officials to sit back and do NOTHING - giving it a name gives it away!!!!

      ubhejane - 2011-12-26 16:02

      @Spyker_May I usually just scroll down when I see your posts, because I've read enough of your bitterness about the fall of Apartheid. But today I am going to sit down and reply to you. To start off with, everything you said in the post above is true. I have sat here for while thinking about what you wrote and tried seeing South Africa through your eyes. I understand that it must look diabolical for you. Your reality was one of a once very structured functioning world where everything ran like clockwork. But for a moment I want you to sit down and see the world through my eyes. Back in your organised world pre 1994, I had no hope of ever being something or making something of myself. Your world didn't regard me worthy enough to take on any role where I could make my own choices. You had the privilege of excellent schooling and is reflected in your articles and your use of the English language. I do believe you are Afrikaans speaking and yet your English is excellent. Very few of my people are capable of this. That would then mean educationally you are light years ahead of us. I would say at least 50 years. Isn't that about the time the Nationalists ruled here? Doesn't that explain our backlog? I can understand your frustration with us. But at the same time you need to treasure the fact that you were born white in a privileged political landscape. cont below...

      ubhejane - 2011-12-26 16:13

      @Spyker_may For an obviously talented man with so much capabilities, wouldn't it be far more productive to plough back all your knowledge into our country? I say our country because we are both here and what now? I don't want you getting on a plane and joining the rest of the acidic ex-South Africans blogging on here everyday about what useless pieces of rubbish we are. We simply can't have the mental development you had within 17 years. The comments on here explains why the hatred is just deepening between black and white. You and I should take hands and teach my people a better way. We are lost like kids in a toy store and nobody to guide us. Those that should have helped us on a better road had left and those of you still here hate us. I don't see how this will fix our problems. Every time I go back to the informal settlement where I was born, I sit down and explain to people how casting a ballot works and what they should be voting for. If you would school a couple of black kids, say for an hour a day. Just one hour a day, don't you think you will speed up the educational backlog, one person at a time? For you and I to sit here and slay each other will not solve our problems. We both need to take on a leading role and help my people move themselves forward. They don't know how!

      Spyker - 2011-12-26 17:43

      Bongani Mabuzamo/Impi/ubhejane.., How I wish you were real, but let us pretend you are.., Without scripting a convoluted, meandering, theatrical dissertation, I will focus on dispelling a few (of the plethora) of myths regarding the topic YOU have raised. 1. I have a German mother and an English father. My alma mater are both English- and Afrikaans universities. In this regard – trust me, I have seen it all... ...and some more... 2. I am NOT privileged. I got NOTHING more than what was bestowed upon anybody, in an upper-middle-class family in the USA, old Europe, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and alike. IT IS A COMPLETE MYTH. 3. You (viz what you are meant to represent) are NOT underprivileged. Under Apartheid, indigenous African earned the best wages and had the highest standard of living in Africa – hence the hostel system. The entire “Struggle” was a combination of the legacy of the (then) Cold War and a convenient ‘Red Herring’ for the USA, Australia, etc, to draw attention away from their own brand/s of ‘Apartheid’. IT IS A COMPLETE MYTH. 4. I am not bitter about the “...fall of Apartheid...”, most pertinently because it is alive, very well, fatter than ever and living in Luthuli House. In fact, about a month ago, a leading ANC official used verbatim, an Apartheid Law to protect his burgeoning bank account. IT IS A COMPLETE MYTH. I can dispel myths, for days to come, but let us move along swiftly for now... cont. below..,

      Spyker - 2011-12-26 17:51

      Europeans earned their metaphorical “stripes”, through evolution, painstakingly building and learning through incremental steps of trials, errors, tribulations and everything that goes along with it. Along the way they created libraries, formal education, financial systems and alike, most pertinently though (critically so): each small step resulted in a cognitive increment that is only possible through evolution. This is the reason that all de facto inventions (not marginal increments and/or copies) remain Euro-centric – it is earned through the laws of evolution. Evolution is one of the MOST fundamental laws of nature. Nobody.., I repeat.., NOBODY, can beat-/short-cut the laws of nature – not even Prof. Steven Hawking. For if he could, then today he would have been on a beach in Bali, doing the Macarena with the Los del Rio chicks... But in SA we have two retards, one toddler who could not pass Woodwork at school and the other a cattle-herder with a Std-3 certificate, telling each of their mobs that they can defy the laws of nature. It is a bit like Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, having an argument about who is going to drive the Shaggin’ Wagon to the Martian Polar caps, for an Ice-cream Sundae... To be candid and concise: The ANC wants to undo more than 100 000 years of evolution – it is physically impossible. They will fail, to be frank, they are already failing. cont. below..,

      Spyker - 2011-12-26 17:52

      With respect – your airy-fairy notion of taking hands, may work well in a X-mas pantomime – here in the real world though, the ANC is the biggest organised crime syndicate in the country, likely in the world. Common criminals do not go away by themselves – in fact, if you ask them, they will tell you that they will be around... ...TILL JESUS COMES... To conclude with another key bit of ‘frankness’ – get rid of the ANC and then we can talk...

      ubhejane - 2011-12-26 18:37

      @Spyker. As I said to you before. I'm sorry we breath the same air as you. How you come on here and justify my mother's wages as a cleaner of the white houses and then tell me we had the highest standard of living of any African, is just astounding. I rest my case.

      Spyker - 2011-12-26 19:00

      @ubhejane.., Perhaps you should rest your head and not your case. I am not- and do not have to 'justify' ANYTHING. If you cannot grasp this, then it would be impossible, for me to explain it to you... You are being told how it is, it has NOTHING to do with justifying anything (for the 2nd time) - viz the ANC has to go around and attempt to justify things - like a good thief, it always finds a way to justify its common crimes. Listen slowly and I will type it slowly to help you.., GET RID OF THE ANC, then we can talk, hold hands, kiss and make up... Till then, communications, etc, is physically impossible. Viz - I DO NOT NEGOTIATE WITH CRIMINALS...

  • NickvanderLeek - 2011-12-26 13:56

    the whole idea of law enforcers and cameras hidden away is really stupid. be visible. show yourself and thus make sure people are reminded to slow down. on another note - South Africans treat the national roads like the Wild West. a tireburst at anything over 130km/h is probably going to kill you and your passengers, and if you're overtaking, you'll take the vehicles around you with you. is your life really worth trading for the possibility that you might get somewhere half an hour earlier?

  • Comrade - 2011-12-26 14:07

    LIES .... LIES .... LIES ...... LIES..... You want to introduce a information bill to black out EVERYTHING - yet want us to believe EVERYTHING you say....Kiss my A***s

  • Nicholas - 2011-12-26 14:11

    One death is already one too many, yes it's less I see that, but still too many people died. The people driving should be the ones taking responsibility, and if it's not the driver, perhaps a passenger, we're not all stupid, you're a human being, you have a right to live as much as the next earthling. I once told a guy to pull over on the side of the road because he would kill himself the way he was driving, and I don't want to be in that accident when it does happen.

  • barry.mcbride - 2011-12-26 15:59

    “Speeding and drinking and driving have contributed heavily to...” i.e. Driving is therefore one of three reasons for road deaths because all of which are separated by the word ‘and’. Rather ‘speeding and drinking & driving have contributed heavily to...”

  • Mboneni - 2011-12-27 10:29

    I think it should not be how many people died compared to previous year if we stil have drunk and driving related accidents, speed related accidents,overtakind related accidents and accidents caused by bad condition of the road.The depts dealing with the above problems are weak and lack resolve to eliminate such problems,if we still see unmanned road blocks where are the traffic officers,police or soldiers

  • gthlware - 2011-12-27 14:22

    @Spyker_May Blacks we were nerver previllaged we were robbed of our being, assets)there is no education that will fix/bring what we have lost. Let me tell you out of all the history or rather say fabricated history your grandfathers have told the world we always had a true sense of exactly an everyday life of a black man as young as i am told also by my grand grandfathers that information has past on(That information is not glorified political stories). As the message being passed to the same ANC goverment to advocate forgive and forget, i will tell you now there is many wounds out there that its pain is currently naturing our hearts with ever growing hatred when people like you speak u make it worse, we just lucky majority of black's internet penetration is slow let alone interest on whats going on in south africa otherwise comments like yours will just strengthen the support for the current rulling party if all/majority of black people were interested in what really happening i do not think people like you would have a voice because the heart and the wounds of our people will be doing the talking. I can see you do not actually understand blacks and what really was taken away from them, but then maybe that is how you were raised. Actually i do not think you will ever understand maybe in your next life you get the picture. But sometimes your thinking it also sounds narrow to any negative thing happening in south africa you blame the ANC led goverment forgetting that

  • gthlware - 2011-12-27 14:28

    south africa you blame the ANC led goverment forgetting that 17 years ag the resource you expect the gorverment to perform miracles with was only for the minority and i guess as "un-educated" as i am, i at least have the capacity to see that. Believe as bitter as you are most blacks also are unfortunately they do not have the paltform like this to express themselves, the one that can express themselves always be crying for help and try to be diplomatic with you. Its simple boss you have already taken from us basically we do not really care.

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